Thursday, January 11, 2018

Protect the Bumblebees!

 🐝  Bumblebees, the little fluffy insects you see flying around your garden in the spring. When you hear "bee", you may scream and run out of the room yelling "Kill It, Kill It" or, you might be the one who stomps on the bee, squishing it into mush.  Next time you see a bee just open a window and shoo it out, and let me tell you why...                                                                          
        🐝  Did you know bumblebees are endangered?  Well, they are.  You may be thinking "they're just bugs, why does it matter if all the bees die?"  Actually, it matters a lot!  Bees pollinate flowers, which is how plants reproduce and grow food.  Bumblebees going extinct would mean a mammoth drop in crops.  According to Bees-NRDC,  "Pollination helps at least 30 percent of the world's crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive."  Although we can self-pollinate (to pollinate flowers ourselves), it would take hours to do an acre with at least 10 workers.  Now imagine that on a worldwide scale.   Albert Einstein predicted: “Mankind will not survive the honeybees’ disappearance for more than five years.”            
       🐝  OK, but how do we help?  You can help by planting bee-friendly plants, and you can avoid using harmful chemicals like weed killers in your garden. weeds can be good. I know, I know!  Weeds are pests that invade your garden, but honey bees and every other type of bee love weeds! Especially dandelions and clover.  If you have a lot of bees around your home, you can also leave a small tin of water outside for them to drink from.

                                    Save The Bees!



By Zula

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Electric Airplanes

🌏 I’d Love To Change The World And This Is What I’d Do 🌏✈
By: Zula

Jets leave a large carbon footprint on our earth. Every day roughly 100,000,000 planes take off around the world, emitting more and more carbon into the air. How do we stop this? My idea to change the world is to start making and using electric jets.

By switching to electric jets we will really cut down on the carbon pollution in the air. Burning carbon-based fuels that are absorbed by the ocean and trapped in our atmosphere melt the polar ice caps. This causes the ocean to rise, flooding cities and towns on the coasts. When the ocean temperatures rise and the air temperatures rise, more intense storms are generated.

According to just to fly across the United States of America in a jet takes 310 kg of fuel, which puts 964 kg of CO2 into the air. About 102,465 airplanes take off across the United States that's 31,764,150 kg of fuel, which puts 98,776,260 kg of CO2 into our atmosphere.

A great deal of people believe that global warming is a myth and “we” have nothing to do with it. So, airplanes burning fossil fuels wouldn't make a difference. And more importantly, it will be an expensive process. By going through with this, we will dramatically reduce the amount of CO2 in the air. Yes, it will be an expensive job with lots of work, but the outcome will be worth it.

Because planes have such a large carbon footprint we should start making electric jets. By doing so, we will really cut down on the carbon pollution in our air. It will take a lot of effort but I believe it will have a positive impact on the Earth.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Save the Tundra!

Here's a video made by 8th graders as part of a Biome Project that fits the theme of this blog:
By Zula and Samantha

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ocean Acidification

Here is one 6th grader's ocean acidification summary and his views on the problem:

by Ashton P

Thursday, April 27, 2017

World Solutions

From WaterGroup2014
Everyone is probably aware of the problems with our ecosystem, such as one of the most terrible problems, pollution. Pollution is a worldwide problem that makes our rivers and oceans and even the creatures that live in the water die. Many places around the world deal with this problem every day as their trash fills the water. Pollution begins when people start throwing their unneeded items such as cans and plastic bottles into the nearest river or ocean. Eventually, the water gets so filled with junk that the water becomes toxic, but it's not just toxic for us it's toxic to everything that has contact with the water.

Here's a website to more water pollution if you want to make a stop to it...

But it's not just pollution you have to be afraid of...
Something known as global warming has also affected our planet highly.
Global warming is basically our planet's climate is getting hotter and hotter by the second which can in some cases affect creatures that live in colder climates. This states that this could lead to these animals to become extinct. Just imagine having to go to a museum to show your kid what a penguin was. But this problem also continues to harm our lakes and rivers as they get warmer, and the poor creatures that live below in the water have no way to stop it.

This here is a whole website dedicated to preventing this...

Creative Commons

Please, make an end to this, and make your story have a happy ending.

By Gabe

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Is This Our Ocean, or Pollution?

My faveorite beach lets go!.jpg by Tia

Microorganisms that live in water feed on biodegradable substances. When too much biodegradable material is added to water, the number of microorganisms increase and use up the available oxygen. This is called oxygen depletion.

When oxygen levels in the water are depleted, relatively harmless aerobic microorganisms die and anaerobic microorganisms begin to thrive. Some anaerobic microorganisms are harmful to people, animals and the environment, as they produce harmful toxins such as ammonia and sulfides. Text from:

The ocean can be polluted in these ways. Such as, suspended matter, which is when some pollutants do not dissolve and then get stuck and then animals lose their habitats and possible even kill animals.

The point source of pollution is, for ex: an oil spill. A point source has to be something you can point at and say “ that is the source of that pollution”.

A non-point source is when there is so many sources of pollution you don't know where the source is or there is too many places it is coming from.

Some consequences of ocean pollution are giant piles of floating garbage. Animals dying, animals losing their habitat and possibly even acid rain.

Do you think we should rethink this? I do, this is horrible we are polluting our ocean that is a privilege to have, if we take advantage of having it soon we won't and, it will be covered in garbage, covered in dead animals, it won't be as pretty and beautiful as it was. Just stop and think, what are we doing to this world? The earth is dying, slowly but our kids kids will not see the same thing we see if we keep acting like this! This is just plain up terrifying if you think about it.

Have you thought about it yet? What do you say? Do you! You want to change the world, then do something! Help the world to be a better place for us and you and your children's children and everyone. GPmap_2010_NOAAMDP.jpg